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impressive home, more impressive owner

This mansion on Lake Michigan was first owned by a man aspiring to be Northwestern's president, and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Lexington, Massachusetts
Nostalgic Architecture!!!

This is the best history center that I saw! Location is nice. Visitors can enjoy the nice breezes... read more

Reviewed 19 September 2018
taufica n
DeKalb, Illinois
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The Evanston History Center is located in the National Historic Landmark Charles Gates Dawes House. Dawes was a U.S. Vice President, World War I general, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Ambassador to the Court of St. James and philanthropist who lived...more
225 Greenwood St, Charles Gates Dawes House, Evanston, IL 60201-4713
+1 847-475-3410
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 21 January 2014

This mansion and everything inside is well preserved. I visited in the winter and would love to go back in Spring or Summer when the lake is more easily viewed. The house is really quite beautiful and the history of Dawes' life is very interesting...More

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Reviewed 31 October 2016

Stopped here recently with a group of tour planners. Our guide was outstanding. This is a lovely home, near Lake Michigan and the Northwestern University campus, amidst other beautiful old homes. A walking tour in this neighborhood would be terrific. Didn't have a lot of...More

1  Thank brinkster419
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This mansion on Lake Michigan was first owned by a man aspiring to be Northwestern's president, and was designed with entertaining large groups in mind. Now named for the second owner, Charles Gates Dawes, it is a tribute to a businessman, U.S. vice president, and...More

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Reviewed 19 September 2018

This is the best history center that I saw! Location is nice. Visitors can enjoy the nice breezes of Michigan lake. We can carry camera, water bottle. I recommend the short visit to stay inside the building.

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Reviewed 27 August 2018

Sharing pictures of historic Evanston and surrounding areas was facinating How the area has changed in over a hundred years. The lakefront and surrounding buildings along with the streets and public vendors, a real step back in time

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Reviewed 21 August 2018

Visit this elaborate house to hear the interesting story of Charles Dawes, a person who is little known but who became the US vice president. The docent had so much information not just about the house but also the man himself that it was difficult...More

Thank Graham C
Reviewed 4 July 2018

The Evanston History Center is a gem for people who want to know more about the city while admiring beautiful views of Lake Michigan. The building is the former home of the 30th US Vice President, Charles Dawes and has been carefully maintained since it...More

1  Thank dmellinger2017
Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

I didn’t know anything about Charles Dawes before my recent trip to Evanston, but there are few men in American history who could claim a broader more diverse impact. From positions in the Treasury under McKinley to Brigadier General in WWI to Coolidge’s VP to...More

1  Thank DandKw_3Kids
Reviewed 8 December 2017

It's one of the attractions in the Open house Chicago,the building is beautiful, inside is gorgeous, and there is a pianist playing the piano through the open house period, very nice. when you go upstairs, it's a tiny museum, showing different things related to the...More

1  Thank ELKW
Reviewed 7 December 2017

This is a great gem in Evanston and a really wonderful tour of a beautiful and historic house. The guides are extremely knowledgeable and we have learned something new each of the 3 times we have brought guests there. It's well worth the donation.

1  Thank edward d
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

It is a lovingly restored old mansion. It's wonderful to feel the sense of history in this house. We recommend people go and feel the arura of years gone by.

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Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

We found this to be a highlight of the area. This is the Dawes house as in vp of the US. Great snapshot of an amazing individual in an amazing time. The tour is well worth the effort. The docent was excellent. Allow an hour...More

1  Thank mentldentl
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